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Referendum Gives Turkey’s Erdogan Broad New Powers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Sunday’s referendum that replaces the country’s current system of parliamentary democracy with an executive presidency. The country’s electoral board said that with 99.45 percent of the ballots counted, the “yes” side received 51.4 percent of the vote. The ruling Justice and Development Party put forward the 18-article reform package,…

Turkey Nightclub Attack Suspect Confesses [VIDEO]

The suspected shooter in the New Year’s Eve attack on an upscale nightclub in Istanbul was captured late Monday night and then reportedly confessed to his actions. Abdulkadir Masharipov, reported to be from Uzbekistan, appears in photos posted by Turkish state media with a heavily bruised face. Masharipov, who was detained in the Esenyurt district…

ISIS Claims Deadly Istanbul Nightclub Attack [VIDEO]

ISIS claimed responsibility Monday morning for a deadly New Year’s Eve gun attack on Istanbul’s popular Reina nightclub, seeming to confirm the assessment of Turkish and U.S. intelligence officials. Turkish police have reportedly detained eight people in connection with the attack, although the gunman — who killed 39 people including 25 foreigners — is still…

At Least 39 Killed In Istanbul Nightclub Attack [VIDEO]

Police in Turkey announced that 16 foreign nationals were among the 39 people killed in a New Year’s Eve attack on a popular Istanbul nightclub early Sunday. The attack took place shortly after 1 a.m., when an attacker stormed in and began firing at partygoers with what Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin described as some kind…

‘Akhmed One-Arm’ Planned Bombing

According to a U.S. official and Turkish media, Akhmed Chatayev, also known as “Akhmed One-Arm,” directed the suicide attackers who killed 43 people in the Istanbul airport on Tuesday. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said Chatayev was responsible for the shooting and bombing and his whereabouts are unknown.…

Bombers ID’d As Chechen, Uzbekistan And Kyrgyzstan Jihadis [VIDEO]

A Chechen jihadi fighting with the Islamic State terror group is among the three men reportedly identified by Turkish officials as the assailants in Tuesday night’s deadly suicide attack at Istanbul’s airport. Local media named that suspect as Osman Vadinov, who allegedly crossed into Turkey from Raqqa, ISIS’s stronghold in Syria. The other two alleged…

Istanbul Car Bomb Kills 11, Wounds 36 [VIDEO]

A car bomb killed 11 people and wounded an additional 36 in Istanbul during rush hour Tuesday, near the mayor’s office and a major university. The device was detonated while police buses were passing through the area, said Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin. Seven police officials and four civilians were killed in the attack. State-run media…

12 Turks Freed After U.S. Sailor Attack [VIDEO]

Anti-American protesters shouting “Yankee, go home!” roughed up three U.S. sailors in Istanbul near where a U.S. warship was docked on an inlet of the Bosphorus Strait in the Black Sea. As many as 10 protesters shouted at them, calling them killers and said they should leave Turkey. The protesters, who carried a banner of…

Canadian Consulate In Istanbul Gets Package with Yellow Powder [VIDEO]

Turkish authorities on Friday launched an investigation after an unidentified yellow powder was found in a package sent to the Canadian consulate in Istanbul. Turkey’s disaster management agency, AFAD said in a statement, “The letter containing a yellow substance was examined in line with regular procedures.” The statement said, one Canadian consulate employee came directly…

Turkish ‘Standing Man’ Inspires Silent Vigil In Restive Square

A Turkish man held an 8-hour silent vigil on Monday in Istanbul’s restive Taksim Square. Erdem Gunduz decided to start his silent protest as a form of peaceful demonstration against violent police disruption of protests in the square over the last two weeks. Gunduz stood on his own unnoticed before pictures of his protest went…